It is not often when one witnesses a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame inductee running for President of the United States of America. But that’s what we are seeing in the form of the Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump.
Trump has been involved with the WWE since the 1980s. While many do compare politics with the wrestling promotion, this year’s election has a certain similarity attached to it.
The 69-year-old jumped into the WWE landscape after his Atlantic City property laid host to WrestleMania IV and V consecutively. Trump then made many appearances in the company but his most notable one came before WrestleMania 23 in 2007.
“The Donald” got himself involved in a feud with WWE owner Vince McMahon in a storyline tagged as “The Battle of the Billionaires”. The rivalry started when Trump appeared on WWE’s flagship show “Monday Night RAW” and showered its audiences with the money. Both Vince and Trump then chose two surrogates in the form of Umaga and Bobby Lashley respectively who would face off at WrestleMania 23, with the loser of the match having to shave his head.
Trump won the battle eventually leading to shaving off Vince’s head in front of 80,000 people at Ford Field Arena. The performance received a massive pay-per-view audience from around the world. The only WrestleMania broadcast to ever surpass the financial result of WM23 is the first clash between The Rock and John Cena at WM 28, according to news.com.au.
Donald Trump has carried on much of his mannerisms which he showed in the WWE to his election campaigns. From engaging the crowd with influential quotations to bullying his opponent and sheer dominance with his body language, one can find many similarities with Trump’s character in WWE to the one now.
Hence, it can be easily concluded that much of the current Republican Presidential candidate’s popularity is owed to WWE. If Trump does go on to become the President of the United States, then his popular run in the Vince McMahon-owned company would have certainly played some part in his victory.
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